Fringe Events

In the lead up to the Global Summit and across the 10th-11th of April, Innovate Finance will be welcoming the FinTech community to host a series of events across London.

If you are interested in attending please register below. Please note: it is not mandatory to have a full IFGS conference ticket to attend the IFGS fringe events.

Thursday 6th April

Innovate Finance Global Summit Fringe Event presents: Open APIs, Open Platforms, Open Banking at Warwick Business School – Invite Only

WBS and Innovate Finance bring together leading academics from the fields of information systems, economics, and strategy along with key players from the financial services sector – start-ups, API platforms, challenger banks – to discuss the challenges and opportunities that open APIs and PSD2 will bring in the banking sector.

Date: Thursday 6th April

Host: Warwick Business School

Time: 6.00pm-9.00pm

Venue: Warwick Office, The Shard

Tuesday 11th April

Breakfast Session: China – and Leadership in Fintech and Big Data

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Host: Business Big Data

Time: 09.00am – 10.00am

Venue: The Livery Hall, Grocers Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD

Event Type:  Breakfast Session: China-and Leadership in FinTech and big Data

The speed of change and development in China in the connected fields of FinTech, Alternative/Internet Finance and Big Data has been phenomenal. In recently published reports, four of the top ten FinTech companies worldwide are Chinese, and companies named within the top 50 in KPMG’s recent China FinTech Report are now becoming established in UK and bringing innovation and expertise to Europe to support the already flourishing FinTech industry here.

The bilateral relationship between China and the UK has flourished in the last decade, and both sides recognise the global significance and strategic importance of stronger UK-China links. This event, hosted as part of a series of fringe events during Innovate Finance Global Summit 2017, will explore, through leaders from business and academia in China and London, the extraordinary progress being made in Crowdfunding, Financial Technology and Big Data, enabling rapid progress in financial and economic planning as well as greatly improved approaches to measuring and monitoring economic and financial performance.

The expert panel assembled for this session will update those attending on latest cutting edge Fintech and big data developments in key Chinese centres, as well as looking ahead to future developments. They will debate the implications for all stakeholders who need to stay abreast of trends shaping the actions of governments, investors and corporations, and who want to take advantage of new ways of planning, financing and managing – whether working at the level of whole economies, or individual companies. The panel will also discuss ways to forge partnerships between key Chinese centres of business and academic excellence, and innovative Fintech companies in the UK.


  • Professor Ben Shenglin – Professor & Dean, Academy of Internet Finance, Zhejiang University
  • Mr. David Wu – ex-Executive Director for Financial Innovation and Transformation, and China FinTech Head, Ernst and Young (China)
  • Mr. Richard Baker – Chairman of the Board, Crowdsurfer
  • Dr. Marco Jean Aboav – Visiting Professor, Sir John Cass Business School & Head of Asset Allocation, MoneyFarm
  • Mr. James Clark – Head of Tech and Lifesciences – Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange
  • Mr. Zeng Tu – Founder and CEO of BBD
  • Ms. Helen Wang – CEO of BBD UK

How can startups work with highly complex, regulated organisations?

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Host: Startupbootcamp

Time: 8.00am – 11.00am

Event Type: Breakfast Roundtable

Power Couples – How can FinTech startups and established banks work together to create a mutually beneficial relationship?

Whether it be a commercial engagement between growth stage startups and established banks or successful proof of concepts or pilots with early stage companies – Banks and new FinTech entries are the new Power Couples of 2017.

Power Couples will be an interactive, think tank style roundtable where you can hear from industry experts to debate and discuss the current state of the industry as well as future trends with your peers.

Please join us at the Rainmaking Loft to be a part of this series of thought provoking Rainmaking Sessions, trends that are shaping our industry.



Jehangir Byramji, Senior Innovation Manager at Lloyds Banking Group

David Stubbs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RightIndem


Venue: Rainmaking Loft- International House, 1 Saint Katherine’s Way, London, E1W 1UN

Milken: Fostering Responsible Innovation

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Host: Milken Institute 

Time: 9.00am – 10.00am

Event Type: Breakfast Roundtable

Efforts are underway across the world to refresh legacy regulatory and policy structures to accommodate financial innovation and address the demands of an increasingly digital economy. Both regulators and policymakers are tasked with the difficult balancing act of fostering a conducive environment for financial technology (FinTech) development, while ensuring the end user, be it an investor or borrower, remains protected.

What does it take for governments to realise the potential of FinTech and begin to craft appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks supportive of its growth? To what extent have these efforts met with success and failure? And how has the conversation shifted in policy and regulatory circles from viewing FinTech from a risk-averse perspective, to viewing it as a tool to address certain government mandates or interests?


Venue: Nasdaq, Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5HA


Please note only tea and coffee will be served.

Barclays RISE: Rise and Shine: Barclays Accelerator

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Host: Barclays Rise

Time: 8.30am – 10.30am

Event Type: Panel Discussion and Breakfast


We invite you as a FinTech entrepreneur and innovator to join us for a breakfast and a panel discussion with the current Barclays Accelerator cohort. We will hear from Techstars how to apply and be successful in applying to an accelerator programme as well as hearing the companies own experiences.

The event is hosted by Rise London, the new home for FinTech, which opens in early May.  This is an opportunity to have an exclusive preview of the site before we officially launch. The space will house London’s most exciting FinTech startups, offering state of art co-working and event space in the heart of Shoreditch.


Moderator: Magdalena Krön – Head of Rise London and VP Open Innovation


Venue: Rise London- 41 Luke Street, London, ECA2 4DP

UCL: The Pipeline From Science to Industry

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Host: UCL

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Event Type: Panel


UCL has placed over 600 students in 40 different institutions over a 10 year period for 3-month internships. With 25% of students getting job offers – we provide our partners with the chance to ‘long interview’ candidates.

This event will give you insights into how to approach the recruitment process for millennials and the opportunity to meet us if you are interested in the programme.

Our industrial partners will share their experiences of how they identified and retained top academic talent in a short panel discussion and there will be a networking reception afterwards.




Adizah Tejani, Director of Marketing EMEA  Token UK 

David Richardson CreditSuisse VP Client IT solutions 

Prof Jessica James, Commerzbank, MD, Sr Quantitative Researcher

Philip Coleman BNP MD – Head Gl Mkts Front Office IT 

Dr Stephan Winklbauer CME Group, Sr Quantitative Analyst 


Moderator: Ed Robinson Bloomberg Moderator 


Venue: 30 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7PG

Deloitte, 500 Startups & Penningtons Manches: The talent tussle: An Oxford-style debate on the future leadership of the Financial Services Industry

Date: Tuesday 11th April

Host: 500 Startups and Deloitte

Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Join Deloitte, 500 Startups, Penningtons Manches and Innovate Finance for drinks and to debate, what we believe, is the most critical question facing the industry right now:

We promise it will be a fun, thought-provoking debate which will explore (under Chatham House rules) whether tech entrepreneurs or transformed bankers will lead the financial industry’s future winners.

“How are we going to find and motivate our next generation of leaders?”

What better way to wind down from the intensity of Innovate Finance Global Summit?


Space for this invitation-only event is limited, so please register your attendance before Tuesday 6 April by completing the event registration form.